Connell & Andersen LLP was formed in 2011 by Bill Connell and Roy Andersen, two New York lawyers with significant international banking practices, who desired the flexibility to design their practices around the needs of their clients.
Before forming Connell & Andersen, Roy had been a partner at two major New York City firms, Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance) and Winston & Strawn and the General Counsel at two international banks, Fortis Bank and the Bank of Ireland. In 1983, Bill moved from being the International Group Counsel for Irving Trust Company to establishing his own practice dedicated to the international banking community in the U.S. and abroad. He established the Connell & Taylor and Connell & Wiener law firms and presently advises 35 banks worldwide on loan transactions and regulatory issues.
Today, Connell & Andersen has four attorneys who dedicate their practices to representing lenders in corporate finance, asset-based finance, commodity finance, and other lending transactions, as well as advising financial institutions on regulatory, compliance, and legal risk matters.
The complexity of the transactions in which we are involved varies from straightforward, unsecured loans to deal structures involving multiple tiers of senior and subordinated debt and third party intercreditor arrangements. Our clients include domestic and foreign banks, hedge funds, and other financial institutions. We also represent institutions in derivatives transactions and distressed debt trades.
Our regulatory practice involves ongoing representation of domestic and international banks with offices in New York, as well as holding companies and foreign bank parent organizations. In addition, we provide advice to overseas banks that have not established a licensed office in the United States. We have advised clients on matters involving setting up new offices or subsidiaries, primarily as branches or agencies. We have prepared and filed applications for all manner of bank offices, including de novo banks, branches, Edge Act corporations, New York Article XII Investment Companies, and all types of bank subsidiaries, including broker-dealers and investment advisers. We maintain regular contact with all the major financial regulators including the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, the Comptroller of the Currency, and the recently established New York Department of Financial Services. Some of our attorneys have direct experience working in these governmental agencies. We serve a number of Compliance Departments at banks that rely on our assistance for training, interpretation of new requirements, and the drafting of policies and procedures. We follow new developments closely and regularly brief our clients on new laws and regulations affecting financial institutions.
We attach a list of recent representative transactions and regulatory initiatives that provides a useful perspective on the depth and variety of our current practice.